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  • User #16984

  • Application cycles: 06/01/2009
  • Demographics: Male, 33, Hispanic
  • Home state: Louisiana
  • Last Active: 05/26/2010
  • Brief Profile: ER volunteer 4 hrs/wk for 1 yr
    Surgery/ICU Waiting Room Desk Attendant 5 hrs/wk for 1 semester
    ER shadowing for 1 yr
    Light research in diabetes lab for 1 yr
    Research in phytonematology lab for 1 yr
    Work at oil testing laboratory during breaks 8 hrs/wk for 2 yrs
    Work as Shift Lead at movie theater during breaks 32 hrs/wk for 4 yrs
    Honors College for Freshman-Junior yrs
    LSU Alumni Association Top 100 Scholarship recipient
    LSU Chancellor\'s Future Leaders in Research participant
    AED Platinum Member for 3 semesters
    Have been playing guitar for 8 years, can also play bass, drums, and sing
    Marine Biology concentration in my degree
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 06/01/2009

    • Undergraduate college: Louisiana State University
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 127, C/P 128, CARS 127  
    • Overall GPA: 3.88
    • Science GPA: 3.84

    Summary of Application Experience

    AMCAS Submitted: 6/2/09
    AMCAS Verified: 6/8/09
    Examkrackers Complete Prep Set: $160
    Examkrackers AudioOsmosis: $80ish
    MCAT: $212
    Premed Committee Fee: $10
    AMCAS Primary: $625
    Suit + interview clothes: $600
    Secondaries $1100 total
    >>Baylor: $90 - Amazing school. Texas Medical Center = incredible. #1 choice. Still waiting after 7 months...
    >>LSU-NO: $50 - In-state, great clinical simulation lab. Overall better than I expected. First acceptance!!!!
    >>Ohio State: $80 - nice hospital. Rejected, but I didn\'t really feel like I would have liked it there after the interview.
    >>Pittsburgh: $85 - Rejected. Would have loved to interview here.
    >>St. Louis: $100 - Rejected. I think I would like my accepted schools better anyway.
    >>Virginia: $80 - Really liked it here. Everyone was very relaxed and friendly. Rejected. I loved this place so much and was not expecting this after being in the first day of interviews. Oh, well.
    >>Maryland: $70 - on hold as of 10/13, no offical rejection yet but they only interview through March
    >>Virginia Commonwealth: $80 - Nice school. I think I like Richmond. ACCEPTED!!!! 12/16
    >>Vermont: $85 - Invite 9/18, Withdrew after thinking about location, cost, etc.
    >>Loyola: $75 - You can get your rejections by phone!!! Nice way to speed it up.
    >>NYU: $100 - Withdrew, since they were taking too long to reject me.
    >>Wake Forest: $55 - Rejected. I thought I would like this school.
    >>Vanderbilt: $50 - Weird interview. Would do almost anything to get off the waitlist.
    >>Emory: $100 - Rejected. Oh well, I knew it was coming by now.
    >>OHSU: secondary arrived too late
    >>UNC: dumb move applying here
    App Season Stats (just for keeping records)
    Total Miles Traveled: 8357(6447 flown, 1910 driven)
    Total Hours Traveled: ~67
    Total Cost:

    10/14 - First acceptance came a day early.
    12/16 - Yes! I can leave LA if I want to!
    4/2 - Baylor will accept until about the end of the month. I want to go there so badly.
    5/8 - Baylor waitlist :( Shoot me in the freaking face.
    5/14 - Withdrew from VCU. LSU-NO it is. I am going to be a doctor, but the application cycle gave me too many false hopes.

    Lessons Learned (so far):
    - Apply early.
    - Early interviews don\'t mean much. Sure they\'re great and you have a much better chance, but they don\'t guarantee ****.
    - I should have done the Texas app and applied to 90% reaches and LSU. 4 of my 6 interviews were reaches, so why not make an entire list based off dream schools? There are a lot of things I would have done differently, but whatever - I can\'t change it now.

    Applied, Withdrew

    University of North Carolina
    Oregon Health & Science University

    Application Complete, Rejected

    Emory University
    Saint Louis University
    University of Maryland
    Wake Forest University
    Loyola University Chicago
    University of Pittsburgh

    Application Complete, Withdrew

    New York University

    Invited for Interview, Withdrew

    University of Vermont

    Attended Interview, Rejected

    Ohio State University
    University of Virginia

    Attended Interview, Waitlisted

    Baylor College
    Vanderbilt University

    Accepted

    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Louisiana State University, New Orleans

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